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This fifth flagship event from WIRED convened in London on October 15 and 16, 2015. WIRED2016 will take place in October 2016 — check back soon for speaker updates and agenda announcements.

For a taster of the WIRED2015 event, check out this visual overview by Innovation Arts.

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Bringing the WIRED world to life, WIRED2015 showcased the innovators changing the world and promoting disruptive thinking and radical ideas. There were more than 50 speakers over the two-day event, presenting stories about their work in science, design, business and many other fields.

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Lucrezia Bisignani – XPRIZE session

Blurring education and gaming

Italian 25-year old Bisignani built Kukua, a startup that builds educational games to tackle illiteracy in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Alexandra Ivanovitch300

Alexandra Ivanovitch – XPRIZE session

Creating empathy through tech

Paris-based social entrepreneur Ivanovitch leads Simorga, a company which aims to use virtual reality to foster interpersonal understanding and empathy.

  • Narry Singh300

Narry Singh

Digital strategist

Former Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Singh is now the global head of growth and strategy at Accenture Digital. He is also an adviser to CEOs and Boards of several global corporations.

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Peter Piot

Microbiologist; co-discoverer of the Ebola virus

Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Piot helped identify the Ebola virus and has contributed to the understanding of HIV/AIDS. He has been on the frontline of the fight against both.

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Jessica O Matthews

Maker of energy-harnessing technology

New York-based Matthews founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy technology company specialising in motion-based, miniaturised systems that can turn almost anything that moves into a source of power.

  • Jürgen Schmidhuber300

Jürgen Schmidhuber

Machine-learning innovator

German computer scientist and artist Schmidhuber heads the Swiss AI Lab, which has developed the machine-learning tools powering billions of devices worldwide.

  • Regina Catrambone300

Regina Catrambone

Migrant search and rescue

Catrambone and her husband Chris founded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station – a Malta-based search-and-rescue charity that uses boat patrols to assist Mediterranean migrants in distress.

  • Abdalaziz Alhamza300

Abdalaziz Alhamza

Journalist, human rights defender, anti-extremism researcher

Syrian in exile, Alhamza is the co-founder and spokesperson for a group of activists who use citizen journalism to expose the terror tactics of Daesh in Syria.

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Janet Gunter

Co-founder, The Restart Project, UK

Gunter is co-founder of The Restart Project, a social enterprise dedicated to changing our relationship with electronics – from learning to repair broken devices to donating and recycling.

  • Heston Blumenthal300

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Pioneering chef and entrepreneur, UK

Internationally famous for his award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurants, Blumenthal is considered one of the greatest and most influential chefs of his generation.

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Luke Wolferstan-Bannister

World drone-racing champion, UK

Wolferstan-Bannister, known as BanniUK, has quickly made a name for himself in the emerging sport of drone racing, having won the World Drone Prix in Dubai 2016 at the age of 15.

  • Julia Shaw300

Julia Shaw

Memory scientist, UK

Criminologist/forensic psychologist and memory hacker Shaw is the author of The Memory Illusion. A lecturer at London South Bank University, she has advised on memory science for criminal cases, with police forces and the military.

  • Patrick Stobbs300

Patrick Stobbs

AI music maker, UK

Can machines make music? Stobbs is the co-founder of Jukedeck, a startup in the exploding field of artificial intelligence, which has developed software to do just that.

  • James Gilmore300

James Gilmore

Teen media mogul, UK

Gilmore is the founder and managing director of W!ZARD Radio Media, a media company that includes teen-focused station W!ZARD Radio, which he founded at 12 years old.

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Dave Palmer

Director of Technology, Darktrace, UK

Dave Palmer is a cybersecurity technical expert at Darktrace, with more than 10 years’ experience in UK government intelligence at GHCQ and MI5.

  • Adrian Ludwig_Web

Adrian Ludwig

Lead engineer, Android Security, Google, US

US-based Ludwig is responsible for the security of the Android ecosystem, protecting more than 1.4 billion mobile devices and the operating system, apps, and services that run on them.

  • Ian Levy_Web

Ian Levy

Technical director, National Cyber Security Centre, UK

The former technical director of cyber security and resilience at GCHQ now leads the UK’s national cyberdefence efforts at the UK's new National Cyber Security Centre.

  • Dr Adrian Nish_Web

Adrian Nish

Head of threat intelligence, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Division, UK

Nish leads the Threat Intelligence team in BAE System's Applied Intelligence division. His team tracks criminal and national security threats to build a picture of their motivation and capabilities.

  • Jamie Woodruff_Web

Jamie Woodruff

Technical director, Metrix Cloud Ltd, UK

Woodruff is technical director of Metrix Cloud Ltd, a cyber security agency that deals with hacked websites and cyber security training.

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Ed Barton

AR and VR pioneer, UK

Barton is the CEO and co-founder of Curiscope, a startup creating immersive VR & AR learning experiences. They have one of the most-viewed VR experiences globally and crowdfunded the Virtuali-Tee, an interactive AR journey inside the human anatomy.

  • Alice300

Alice Bentinck

Champion of young entrepreneurs and getting girls coding

Bentinck’s Entrepreneur First accelerator helps individuals build tech companies from scratch through a six-month incubator. Three hundred founders have already developed their ideas.

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Krtin Nithiyanandam

Teenage neuroscientist

At 15, Nithiyanandam created a molecular “trojan horse’” antibody that can detect Alzheimer’s and potentially halt its development. He won the Scientific American Innovator Award at global Google Science Fair 2015 and other awards at national fairs.

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Ted Nash

App entrepreneur

Nash has been creating online platforms since the age of 12. He founded mobile advertising exchange Tapdaq and controversial social platform Little Gossip.

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Samantha Payne

Bionic arm builder, UK

Samantha Payne’s Open Bionics turns children with limb differences into superheroes with its robotic hands, inspired by the worlds of Frozen, Star Wars and Iron Man.

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Muzoon Almellehan

Malala Fund Campaigner, UK

Almellehan is a 18-year-old Syrian refugee who recently resettled in the UK. She is a Malala Fund Campaigner, hoping to secure education for children from her home country and other regions affected by war.

  • Chema

Chema Alonso – Telefónica session

Pioneer in personal data security

Alonso is chief data officer at Telefónica. He leads the Personal Data Bank team and is exploring how people can take ownership of their personal data.

  • Zenia

Zenia Tata – XPRIZE Foundation session

Leader of XPRIZE’s global expansion

A social entrepreneur, Tata is expanding XPRIZE by designing a portfolio of incentive competitions with the aim of addressing challenges in the developing world, focusing on producing immediate impact at scale.

  • Alexander

Alexander Betts

Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Betts researches the politics and economics of refugees. He is a professor in forced migration and international affairs at the University of Oxford.

  • Andrew

Andrew McAfee

Best-selling author & principal research scientist, MIT

McAfee studies how digital tech is changing business, the economy and society. He co-authored a book on the subject and writes a blog for the Financial Times.

  • David

David Hornik

Venture Capitalist

Hornik is a VC with August Capital, investing in the likes of Splunk and Evite. He founded the first VC blog and podcast, and is the creator of The Lobby conferences.

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Troy Hunt

Founder, Have I Been Pwned?, Australia

Hunt has received six of Microsoft’s MVP – Most Valuable Professional – awards, created data breach awareness site Have I Been Pwned? and authors courses at Pluralsight, an online education site for tech professionals.

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Mustafa Al-Bassam

Security advisor, Secure Trading, UK

Al-Bassam is a security advisor at Secure Trading and a PhD researcher focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. At age 16, he was the co-founder of LulzSec, a group that hacked Sony, Fox and the FBI.

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Cameron Colquhoun

Managing director, Neon Century Intelligence, UK

Former government intelligence analyst Colquhoun founded corporate investigations firm Neon Century in 2014. Using an “ethical” model, it only gathers publicly available data.

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Taavi Kotka

Government chief information officer, Estonia

Kotka led Estonia’s e-residency programme. He is special advisor to the European Commission’s vice-president on the European Digital Single Market and was the 2014 European CIO of the Year.

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Patricia Lewis

Research director, International Security, Chatham House, UK

At the foreign affairs think tank, Lewis focuses on global security and WMDs. She advised on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

  • AlexRice_Web

Alex Rice

Co-founder & CTO, HackerOne, US

Created by Rice and security leaders from Facebook, Microsoft and Google, HackerOne is a vulnerability co-ordination and bugbounty platform advising Yahoo!, Twitter and GM.

  • Sadi_Web

Sadie Creese

Professor of cybersecurity, Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, UK

Creese has co-written more than 60 academic papers on cyber security, strategy and defence.

  • Mikko_Web

Mikko Hypponen

CRO F-Secure, Finland

Hacker and cyber war specialist Hypponen has been reverse engineering malware since 1991. He has written for the New York Times, Wired and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge.

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Moty Cristal

Founder and CEO of NEST, Negotiation Strategies LTD, Israel

Between 1994 and 2001 Cristal worked in Israeli peace negotiation teams. Today his firm defends against cyber hostage taking – when nefarious groups highjack an organisation’s IT systems.

  • Gordon Corera_Web

Gordon Corera

Author, Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies, UK

Veteran reporter and author of several books about international security, Corera has written about presidential races, terrorist groups and the inner working of security services.

  • David Omand_Web

Sir David Omand

Visiting professor, War Studies Department King’s College London, UK

Former director of GCHQ, Omand was the first UK security and intelligence coordinator. His book, Securing the State, was published in 2011.

  • Gingger Shankar Web

Gingger Shankar

Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, India

Five-octave vocalist Gingger Shankar is the only female musician to play the ten-string double violin. She has performed with Katy Perry and The Smashing Pumpkins. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.

  • Babar Ali Web

Babar Ali

World’s youngest headmaster, India

Ali started a school in his backyard at the age of nine. He’s now 23, and his organisation in Murshidabad, West Bengal, has around 300 students and ten teachers. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.

  • Roya Mahboob Web

Roya Mahboob

Afghan educator and entrepreneur, Afghanistan

As one of Afghanistan’s few female entrepreneurs, Mahboob has faced multiple threats in her homeland. She has created nine IT centres for girls and plans to expand the project throughout the continent.

  • Sam Gregory Web

Sam Gregory

Program director, WITNESS, USA

Sam Gregory works to enable anyone anywhere to be a witness for human rights, supporting new ways to use video, mobile and immersive media to fight for justice.

  • Leslie John Web

Leslie K John

Irrationality analyst, USA

Leslie John, a Harvard Business School assistant professor, researches the seemingly paradoxical and self-destructive decisions that people make – with a focus on online privacy.

  • Miho Janvier Web

Miho Janvier

Sun storm scientist, France

Miho Janvier is an astrophysicist studying the Sun’s atmosphere, in particular solar flares and how they impact Earth’s weather patterns. She works at France's Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale.

  • Alexander Reben Web

Alexander Reben

Robot builder, USA

Alexander Reben is fascinated by AI. He builds robots – such as The First Law, that can choose to hurt its operator – to explore their relationships with humans.

  • Di Mainstone Web

Di Mainstone

Artist and film-maker, UK

Di Mainstone is an audio artist whose projects include The Human Harp – a kit that turns suspension bridges, including Brooklyn Bridge, into giant harp pianos.

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